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Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry
Research for Change

January 2007 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Pioneers in the area of appreciative inquiry (AI) have focused on it as an organisational development tool, but this book explores AI as a research framework. The author reflects on her experience of using AI as a research approach, and draws on writing in organisational development and research methodology to discuss the ways AI can shape the asking of questions, the gathering of information, and the communication of findings and ideas.

Key features:

- A comprehensive introduction to AI and the range of debates that it generates for research.

- International; examples from recently published and unpublished research projects in which AI was used, with an emphasis on those that shaped policy, planning, and future practice.

- Discusses how connections can be made between AI and various research paradigms and approaches to research.

- Offers individual and group exercises that explore and illustrate ways in which AI research can be done.

1. Experiences of Appreciative Inquiry
2. A Brief Tour of the History and Principles of Appreciative Inquiry
3. Research Frameworks: Where does Appreciative Inquiry Connect with Research?
4. Key Themes and Issues in Appreciative Inquiry
5. Developing Research Questions and Goals with Communities
6. Information Gathering and Generating: Inclusivity, Partnership, and Collaboration
7. Making Sense: Issues of Questions and Story
8. Communicating and Disseminating Research: Voice, Audience, and Message
9. Research for Change: Ways to Go

Essential reading for anyone undertaking an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach to conducting a research project. I found the book presented useful descriptions and examples of where appreciative inquiry has been applied to organisational development and how AI can help us to rethink our ideas about how people work, how change happens and how AI base research can contribute to this process.

Dr Gary McKenna
School of Engineering & Computing (Paisley), University of the West of Scotland
July 20, 2017

best introduction to AI I've yet found

Dr Calum Neill
School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences (Sighthi, Edinburgh Napier University
May 12, 2016

Recommended for those DBA students with AI project effort

Dr Margaret Carter
Business Administration , National Graduate Univ
July 24, 2015

this really is an excellent text -which for me, clearly articulates the key concepts of appreciative inquiry. It will be useful to introduce the students to an alternative research method.

Dr Louise Taylor
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Chester University
August 14, 2015

If you have read widely on the subject, you will find that this book varies slightly from the Whitney and Trosten- Bloom, and Cooperider approach. What is refreshing is that this publication introduces Appreciative Inquiry from a purely research based perspective rather than that of a business improvement tool. Based on the authors own experience, it is a very informative and useful resource if you are considering using AI as a research framework.

Mr Shane Payne
Engineering, Leicester College
December 8, 2014

I found this very useful for my own studies

Mrs Jane Peacock
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
August 3, 2014

The book is interesting and is not very long . It has provided excellent ideas on how to become a change agent.

Mrs Kate Harrison
Education Centre 1, Lancashire Teaching Hospital
March 19, 2014

I feel that this is a very helpful short guide to AI and have thus recommended it to students as introductory literature before going deeper into the subject.

Ms Jelena Eickhölter
Institute of Management , Technical University of Braunschweig
March 13, 2014

Good summary of the basis and issues relating to Appreciative inquiry

Dr Margaret Fletcher
Professional Clinical Nursing Dept, University of the West of England, Bristol
June 6, 2012

A valuable and accessible introduction to those embarking on social research.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
September 16, 2011

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